Bosch has a good reputation, and one thing I like is that you can switch the sawdust either to the left or to the right. This is a nice feature even if you aren't using dust collection, (bag is included). If you need to take the bag off for clearance, or any other reason, notice the chips are thrown to the side, not down. They have one model that sells for about $110, and a second model with a little more power, and includes a fence. (If that is important to you, like for making rabbets) About $160 (Never used one, but a friend has one.)
Makita also sells 2 models and has an excellant reputation for their hand held planers. They have a better feel/balance for me. Their adjustments seem a little smoother, and the settings more positive. Downside - they do not have dust bags (unless they've changed) and the chips fly, sometimes right on you when you can't reposition, but they are directed toward the ground. That said, I'm not so sure I'd really want a bag getting in the way, catching on something, or affecting the balance of the planer. Many people feel that these planers are best in class. They have 2 planers priced similarly to Bosch's. They sell more planers than anyone else. (I've used Makitas many times.)
Tough call that you'll have to make. Get your hands on them if you haven't. Feel and adjustability are important. What's good for me, may not be so good for you. Good luck on your decision.
Last edited by Old Skhool; 12-18-2009 at 02:55 AM.